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When you have a custom staircase built for your home or business, you’re going to want to do everything you can to keep your staircase clean and looking brand new. Keeping your staircase clean is not only important for making your staircase look new, but also for elongating the life of your staircase. While you may think that cleaning every staircase is going to be the same, there are some important considerations when you clean your custom staircase.

At S&A Stairs, we build one of a kind stairs that require extra care when cleaning. We want your stairs to last a lifetime and beyond, and much of that has to do with how the staircase is maintained. Here are some things to consider when you clean your custom staircase.

Your Materials.

You aren’t going to clean metal the same way that you would clean wood. Consider the material or materials of your staircase before you start your cleaning project. Cleaning wooden stairs requires a little extra time and effort when compared to cleaning metal staircases. While wood is naturally durable, it is more susceptible to wear and tear than metal.

When you clean wood, sweep your stairs from top to bottom to thoroughly remove any dust and debris from your staircase. When you clean metal stairs, you may only need to lightly dust the metal to remove dirt and grime.

Cleaning Supplies.

When you’re considering your materials on your staircase, there are specific cleaning supplies that you can and cannot use on your staircase. Using the wrong cleaning supplies can cause damage to your staircase, which not only impacts the overall look of your space, but the repairs can be costly.

Regardless of what material you are cleaning, never use harsh chemicals on your custom staircase. The best cleaning solution you can use for wood is actually water. After sweeping and dusting the wood on your staircase, wipe down the wood with a damp cloth. Dry the wood immediately after to prevent damage.

There are some cleaning materials that can be so harsh that they corrode metal. While some cleaning solutions may warn you against using them on metal, we caution you from using harsh chemicals anywhere near your staircase. Using the incorrect cleaning solutions can cause irreparable damage to your staircase.

Do’s and Don’ts of Cleaning.


  • Clean your staircase regularly
  • Use non-abrasive cleaning materials such as dusters and vacuums
  • Use water and material-friendly cleaning materials
  • Make sure that your staircase is completely dry after cleaning


  • Use harsh chemicals on your staircase
  • Use abrasive cleaning materials such as steel wool
  • Leave water on your staircase, especially on wood

Maintaining a Clean Staircase.

It’s one thing to thoroughly clean your custom staircase, it’s another thing to continually maintain a clean staircase. A custom staircase can be a substantial investment, and keeping on top of the cleaning will make sure your custom staircase lasts as long as it possibly can.

S&A Stairs.

A custom staircase is a striking feature in any home or business. When you invest the time and money into a custom staircase, you also need to invest the time after the staircase is involved to properly clean and maintain it. Whether that’s regular light cleanings or in-depth cleaning, taking the time to clean your staircase is an important step to increasing the lifespan of your staircase.

We’ve been designing and installing world-class custom staircases in the Melbourne area for decades, and we are ready to help you with your next staircase project. For more information on our designs or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.